Let's go back to last Wednesday. Illinois fans were blue and even through their orange-tinted glass, the thought of staying within 15 points of No.1 Indiana was seemed like a long shot.
An NCAA tournament berth seemed out of the question.
That feels like eons ago. After a thrilling upset of the top-ranked Hoosiers, a road win at Minnesota and a comfortable victory against nemesis Purdue, Illinois is not only in the NCAA tournament today, the Illini are in line for a favorable seed.
A group of 20 media members are currently meeting in Indianapolis today putting together a mock bracket as if the season ended today.
CBS Chicago's Adam Hoge is one of the 20 media members making up the committee. He reports Illinois' road win at Gonzaga was a huge selling point with the committee which granted Illinois a No. 5 seed.
The bracket won't be complete until later this afternoon and the Illini could move up or down a couple of spots in the final process. But for now, they're in solid shape.
What a difference a week makes.